Nguyen Trung Ton

Status: In Jail
Days In Jail: 2253 days
Activity: Blogger; Pastor
Birth date: September 2, 1972
Arrest Date: July 30, 2017
Trial Date: April 5, 2018
Appeal Date: June 4, 2018
Sentence: 12 years in prison follow by 3 years house arrest
Charge: Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)
Location: Gia Trung Prison Camp

Nguyen Trung Ton is a human rights defender and protestant pastor who has advocated for religious freedom and spoken up regarding social injustices occurring in Vietnam. As a blogger, he has written about government corruption and land seizures. Nguyen Trung Ton is the President of the Brotherhood for Democracy, an organization that promotes civic engagement and provides training in human rights. Vietnamese authorities arrested Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton and his colleagues from the Brotherhood for Democracy at the end of July 2017 as part of an ongoing crackdown against peaceful political expression. Nguyen Trung Ton was previously arrested in 2011 and sentenced to two years in prison and two years house arrest for “conducting propaganda against the state” under Article 88 of Vietnam’s Penal Code. Pastor Ton has been the subject of frequent physical and psychological harassment. In February 2017 he reported an incident in which men in civilian clothing attacked him, stripping him of his clothes and belongings before assaulting him and abandoning him in a remote forest. He was significantly injured from the incident. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 3 years house arrest on 5 April 2018.

More information:

Gia Trung Prison Camp

Activists being held at this prison:

Nguyen Trung Ton
Nguyen Van Oai
Tran Thi Nga

Note on Penal Code provisions:

A revised and expanded penal code took effect January 1, 2018 (known as the “Amended 2015 Penal Code”). While the previous provisions criminalizing political expression remained unchanged, they were renumbered. For instance, Article 79 (attempting to overthrow the government), Article 88 (anti-state propaganda), and Article 258 (abusing democratic rights) were renumbered as Article 109, Article 117, and Article 331, respectively.

For consistency with past media coverage, our database records the Article(s) that the prisoner was charged with (i.e., based on the version of the penal code applicable at the time of the sentencing).


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